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Our Dynamic Earth

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Alpine slopes, forests, and grassy parks disguise the fiery, molten, and often explosive history of this region’s landscape. But here, amidst the Bonito Lava Flow and Sunset Crater’s cinder fields, the land’s volcanic origin is revealed in stunning clarity.

As you walk the trail, use this guide to explore the powerful forces – rapid and violent, slow and patient – that continually shape our planet. These forces all affect our lives and provide for life in ways we may not realize.

Jamie Frees, Northern Arizona University Anthropology Laboratories
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